Author Archives: Brook Hines

Dwight Bullard should take his seat back with full party support

Before State Sen. Frank Artiles resigned, there seems to be evidence that party insiders were already positioning to put the kibosh on a potential progressive running for the seat in 2018—specifically Dwight Bullard. Despite the fact that Artiles was weakened amidst a cloud of boozed-up bigotry wherein he referred to African-American colleagues using the n-word, a “f—ing a–hole,” and “b—-.” the […]

What we’re reading: Matt Taibbi on “Shattered”

“The real protagonist of this book is a Washington political establishment that has lost the ability to explain itself or its motives to people outside the Beltway.” — Matt Taibbi Read Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone article here. _______________________________ If, like me, your first impression of the new Clinton campaign history, Shattered is that it is your usual gossipy post-election […]

Florida’s greyhound gambit is decoupled from reality

Greyhound racing in toto is every bit as cruel as dog fighting. Underperforming dogs are killed, animals die while racing—three per day in Florida—and many perish from inhumane living conditions, overbreeding and injuries obtained on the track. Female racers are pumped full of anabolic steroids to interrupt their estrus cycle, and goose performance. A female who is a good racer […]

Bernie Sanders, Tom Perez do “Oscar and Felix” routine on Chris Hayes

If you watch nothing else today, you at least have to check out this interview of Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez from Chris Hayes’ show last night. Hayes did a great job of creating the moment in which these two Democratic coalition leaders could demonstrate how they differ. Plenty of commentators are pointing out that, “zomg! Bernie ADMITS he’s not a Democrat,” as […]

What we’re reading: Dem party is undermining Bernie Sanders-style candidates (The Guardian)

With a record-breaking first quarter of raising more than $31 million, the DCCC didn’t lift a finger to help FDR-style populist James Thompson in the Kansas CD-04 special election to replace Mike Pompeo who Trump appointed to direct the CIA. While the Republican Party pumped $130,000 to his opponent Ron Estes, Thompson couldn’t even get a measly $20,000 […]

Foreign Policy Nightmares: North Korea

Kartik and Brook discuss nightmare foreign policy scenarios surrounding North Korea and the Trump Administration. See also, “Fog of War,” by Errol Morris. Check out this episode of The Florida Squeeze Pod! The Florida Squeeze Pod is now syndicated via Libsyn and will soon be listed on Itunes and Google Play.

TFS writers discuss the Trump threat to civilian rule, North Korea and other foreign policy issues

When President Harry S. Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War he probably saved the republic from a situation where military men ran roughshod over civilian rule when it came to the prosecution of foreign affairs. Today we face a potentially similar crises as the Trump Administration is filled with military men making […]